Defender Men Win Tourney Opener

Date posted - March 7, 2012

The Dordt College Men’s Basketball team advanced to the second round of the NAIA Division II tournament with a hard fought 63-54 win over the Keelhaulers of Cal-State Maritime in a game played in Point Lookout, Missouri Wednesday afternoon.

Both teams got off to a sluggish start and the Defenders found themselves trailing 9-4 with 14:53 to play in the first half. A 13-1 Dordt College run over the next 6 minutes put the Defenders on top 17-10 with 8:49 remaining and the Defenders led by as many as 13 before taking the 10 point lead into the half-time break.

The Dordt lead was down to 2 points at 56-54 following a Cal-State three pointer with 2:32 remaining and a turnover gave the Keelhaulers a chance to tie or take the lead but a 3 pointer rattled out. Cliff Warner stepped up on the next possession and knocked down a clutch three to give the Defenders the 59-54 lead with 1:36 to play and a Jordan Vogel hook shot with 48 seconds to play made it a three possession game (61-54) and Dordt made a pair of free throws down the stretch to secure the 63-54 win.

Dordt College was led in scoring by Trevor Wolterstorff who had a game high 19 points and 10 rebounds. Cliff Warner added 15 points and Jordan Vogel added a dozen points for the Defenders shooting a perfect 6 of 6 from the floor while snaring 7 boards.

Cal-State Maritime was led by Josh Greenwell’s 16 points. Ty Houghton was the only other Cal-State player in double figures with 13.

Dordt College improves to 29-4 on the season and will take on Warner Pacific of Oregon on Friday, March 9th at 8:30 am while the Cal-State Maritime season comes to an end with a record of 21-10. Warner Pacific is 24-8 on the year and were 79-76 overtime winners against Indiana Wesleyan on Wednesday.

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